Candidates to be new president at Housatonic announced

A nationwide, months-long search for a new president at Housatonic Community College, which serves Bridgeport and other towns in the area, has been narrowed to three finalists.

The finalists are: Athos K. Brewer, vice president for student affairs, Bronx Community College of the city of New York; Paul Broadie II, vice president for student services, Orange County Community College, a member of the State University of New York; and Matthew Reed, vice president for academic affairs, Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts.

“We are extremely pleased with the caliber of the candidates who applied for the position, and especially with that of the three finalists,” said Nick Donofrio, chairman of the board of regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System.

“These finalists represent the very best in higher education at this time, as evidenced by the experience and accomplishments that comprise their impressive careers to date.”

All three candidates will be visiting the Housatonic campus beginning in early December. Reed will visit Dec. 1; Broadie will visit Dec. 2, and Brewer will visit Dec. 3.  During their visits to Bridgeport, the candidates will participate in various meetings and events with faculty, students, staff and community stakeholders.

The search for a new president began after former President Anita Gliniecki announced in February 2014 that she was retiring in September. At its June 2014 meeting, the Board of Regents for Higher Education appointed  Elizabeth Roop as its interim president through Dec. 31.

Athos Brewer

Brewer currently serves as vice president for student affairs at the Bronx Community College of the City of New York.

He has held that position since September 2012.  Before assuming his current position, Brewer served as dean of students at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., from 2009 through 2012.

He was director of student support services at Montgomery College in Maryland, from 2003 through 2009; and as a special assistant to the vice president/provost at Montgomery College (in a one year assignment) in 2007.

In his current position at Bronx Community College, Brewer serves as the chief student affairs officer for the college, leading and managing a comprehensive program of services promoting engagement and student success for a diverse student population.

He is also responsible for the development of several success initiatives at the college that improved student retention and graduation rates.

In addition to higher education administration, he has worked in non-profit management, international education, and local and state government. He was also a member of the advisory board for Maryland’s juvenile justice system.  He was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, a National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Fellow, a Lumina Foundation Grant recipient, and a consultant for the development of graduate level courses focused on student success. Brewer’s career includes teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Morgan State University’s online community college leadership doctoral program.

Brewer received his Ph.D. in education technology from American University; a master’s in education in social agency counseling from the University of Dayton; and a bachelor’s in International Studies from Capital University.

Paul Broadie II

Broadie II has 24 years of progressively responsible higher education experience. Broadie currently serves as vice president for student services at Orange County Community College SUNY.  Prior to assuming his current position in August 2005, Broadie served as associate vice president of extension centers for Orange County, beginning in 2001.

He also served as director of the Ossining Extension Center at Westchester Community College beginning in January 2001, and held a variety of positions at the State University of New York at New Paltz from 1997 through 2001.

As a member of academic affairs, Broadie worked closely with faculty and department chairs to enhance and cultivate teaching and learning while strengthening the institution’s focus on the academic mission.

He served as co-chair of a team developing the college’s academic mission statement, and also served on the team responsible for the development of the college’s first academic master plan.  While at Orange County he was also involved in developing successful partnerships with area K-12 schools.

Broadie received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, a master’s in business administration from Long Island University, and his bachelor’s in business administration from Mercy College, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Matthew Reed

Reed has spent the last six years as the vice president for academic affairs at Holyoke Community College, in Massachusetts. As chief academic officer, Reed has focused his attention at Holyoke on student success, particularly on closing the achievement gaps for underrepresented groups. He has also overseen five consecutive years of improvement in course completion rates. Reed also established the college’s first faculty council, and acted as project director for the college’s $1.8 million Title III grant.

Prior to Reed’s appointment at Holyoke Community College, he spent five years as division dean of liberal arts at the County College of Morris, Randolph, N.J. At County College, he was responsible for managing seven academic departments in the humanities and social sciences.  While there, he restructured the teacher education program, and shepherded the college’s first cross-divisional major from concept to fruition.

Before being appointed at County College of Morris, Reed served in two positions at DeVry University, as dean of general education in 2002-2003, and as associate dean of general education in 2001-2002.

Reed earned his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 1997 and his bachelor’s in political science from Williams College, where he graduated cum laude in 1990.